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Guitar Chords: The C Chords

Prepared by Alan Humm

Chord files color and symbol key1

1 All fingerings should be interpreted as suggestions, not as requirements.

• Verticle lines are strings.
• Horizontal lines are frets.
• The double line at the top is the nut.

• The numbers at the top of each diagram are suggested fingerings.
• 0 on top means that string is played open
• The red Vs point to the lowest sounding roots.
• X at the top represents a string that is not played
• Curved lines in the fingering area indicate a barre (one finger holding down multiple strings).
• The dots are where you put your fingers.
• Hollow dots are alternate notes for the same chord.
x on the string means that it should be blocked, usually with the finger on the next lowest string.

Color code:
Red = root or 1st.
Dark Yellow = 2nd.
Green = 3rd.
Greenish Blue = 4th.
Blue = 5th.
Pink = 6th.
Purple = 7th.

Minors and majors are not distinguished by color, but they are predictable: Minor chords receive both minor thirds and minor sixths. Sevenths are minor unless otherwise specified.

Major forms
C chord graph C2 chord graph C6 chord graph C7 chord graph Cmaj7 chord graph
C9 chord graph C11 chord graph C13 chord graph Blank chord graph C+ chord graph
Minor forms
Cm chord graph Cm2 chord graph Cm6 chord graph Cm7 chord graph CmMaj7 chord graph
Cm9 chord graph Cm11 chord graph Cm13 chord graph C7 chord graph C%7 chord graph
Altered third forms
Csus2 chord graph Csus4 chord graph C7sus2 chord graph C7sus4 chord graph Cno3 chord graph
Mobile forms
C root graph A_form C graph G_form C graph E_form C graph D_form C graph

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